A Sportsman's Dinner

Raising Money for the 2014 Festival




On Friday the 25th of March 2011, 100 members and guests enjoyed an exciting opportunity to share an evening with Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris at the Masonic Centre in Sheerness to raise money for the 2014 Festival.

Ron ’Chopper’ Harris was the captain of Chelsea Football Club when they played against Leeds United in the FA Cup at the Wembley Stadium on April 11th 1970.

Ron’s reputation was as an uncompromising - yet talented - defender with a series of strong and sometimes notorious performances. That 1970 FA Cup Final is notorious for being one of the most physical of all time. It saw Ron come into his own in the role of both inspirational leader and uncompromising tackler.

The game ended 2-2 and was replayed at Old Trafford. The Modern day referee David Elleray examined the match years later, and concluded that the sides should have received six red cards and twenty yellow cards between them!

Charlie Cooke, the then Chelsea number 11, also flew in for the evening and both Ron and Charlie provided a very special after dinner talk about football as it was in the 1970’s, comparing it to the modern day game. Ron and Charlie also answered many questions from the floor.

Unique ‘one off’ memorabilia signed by Ron and Charlie and other famous footballers were sold during the evening.


SportsmanDinner2Just over £3,000 was raised for the 2014 Provincial Festival.